Thursday, November 16, 2006

One up

Yesterday's run sort of reminded me of the old Larry Bird vs. MJ commercials. You know, the "through the rafters, off the bleachers, of the mascot's crotch, nothing but net" commercials where Jordan and Bird consistently tried to one-up each other.

For us, it was "okay, run the main ring plus the accelerator ring but this time add in another two miles AND a 20 mph wind. And on tired legs." It was basically the same run as the day before, just a bit harder and a bit more of a challenge.

And, I've got to say, it went well. Each mile was faster than the last and that's just spiffy. We started out at 9:45 pace (nice, slow music) and they progressed from there:

mile 2: 9:14
mile 3: 9:00
mile 4: 8:59
mile 5: 8:46
mile 6: 8:41
mile 7: 8:41
mile 8: 8:07

That last mile was half with the wind blowing us backwards and half with the wind almost pushing us over from behind, so I would say it averaged out to a wind-free 8:07 pace.

I'm a really big fan of this double-loop deal. The main ring is so big that it almost feels like running straight, but the smaller loop has a much tighter curvature and it's really obvious that you are running in a circle. The contrast helps to break up the run. While running along the small ring (the accelerator) Leah wondered if they were seeing some sort of weird little bumps in the protons spiking at a consistent rhythm. Perhaps to the rhythm of "I wanna dance with somebody" by Whitney Houston?

I'm guessing there's some theorist somewhere who's freaking out because, as we all know, little rhythmic spikey-bumps in the protons is the classic tachyon signature*. They're running around right now trying to figure out how to get these tachyons into a beam to create some wormholes and allow for time travel.

Hmm, maybe I've said too much.

Anyway, we don't run today as we're giving our weary legs a rest. I'm pretty damn happy about this as the wind is even gustier today than yesterday, if that's possible. Then it'll be Friday 6 and 10 on either Sunday or Saturday. That'll give us 30 miles for the week and we're on pace to start marathon training on December 4th.

* This may not actually be true


Lana said...

Wow - that's some nice splits so soon after your marathon! Enjoy your rest day!

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Ah, now I know how it is you two run so fast!  You are somehow harnessing tachyon emissions to tunnel through the space-time fabric!  I should have known you guys were using scientific trickery.  I mean REALLY who runs sub-9:00 splits in only their second year of marathon running?!!

Josh said...

First of all, I love those commercials.
Second, great run ... especially with the wind. It was like that here yesterday and I refused to run hills with the wind. I am a wuss.
And finally, I have no idea what you are talking about with the protons, but okay.

Firefly's Running said...

WOW! What speed you too!

Scott said...

Jason and Leah,
Could there be a parallel universe where tachyons are the norm but time runs backwards so it would seem just like this world in a mirror?

Wait, maybe we better not talk of such things lest we reduce your readership by a factor of 10!